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Tishman Construction Corporation of Massachusetts Transforms Historic Copley Square Hotel into Boutique Urban Oasis

BOSTON, APRIL 2008 – Tishman Construction Corporation of Massachusetts (TCCMA) is serving as Construction Manager for the $14-million, fast-track renovation of the Copley Square Hotel for its owner, CapStar Copley, LLC. The hotel, located in the heart of the historic Back Bay, is undergoing a major upgrade of its 143 guestrooms and public spaces, including the addition of an elevator and modernization of its major engineering systems.

Originally opened in 1891, it became one of Boston’s most famous hotels, serving as host to President William McKinley, Babe Ruth, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holliday, and Duke Ellington.

The renovations will transform this property into a contemporary, four-star hotel, positioning it prominently within Boston’s growing boutique hospitality portfolio. Interior features will include striking new lobby décor—with dramatic backlit panels, decorative silver light fixtures, candle niches, and metallic-sheen window treatments—and newly redesigned guestrooms. Additionally, the hotel’s Back Bay Café will be re-launched as XHALE, a new casual dining restaurant. Work started in January and is slated for completion in Summer, 2008. The architect for the renovation is Arrowstreet, Inc. and Intra-Spec, Inc is the interior designer.

Locally, TCCMA is working on a number of other hospitality projects including the conversion of the historic Ames Building into a hotel, and the Colonnade Hotel renovation. TCCMA’s prior hospitality experience includes a number of historic properties, such as the recently opened Liberty Hotel—the former Charles Street Jail—and the Omni Parker House Hotel renovation in Boston; and the Goodwin Square Hotel renovation in Hartford.

Tishman Construction Corporation of Massachusetts

TCCMA is an affiliate of national owner/builder Tishman Realty & Construction Co., Inc., which celebrates its 110th Anniversary this year. Tishman is responsible for building more than 435 million square feet of all types of space. Its total value of construction currently under contract is $9 billion and it ranks #5 on Building Design & Construction’s Top Construction Managers list.

TCCMA clients include: Winn Development Corp.; Boston Garden Development Corp.; Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA); State Street Corp.; General Services Administration (GSA); LNR Property Corp.; Carpenter and Company; The City of Worcester (City Square); The YMCA of Greater Boston, Inc.; Sentinel Data Centers; New Center for Arts and Culture; Boston Health Care for the Homeless; and the City of Quincy Schools. For further information, please visit

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